A benign tumor is a tumor that is not cancerous. In many cases, these masses do not pose any danger. But, if the tumor is pressing on a blood vessel or a nerve, it needs to be removed or reduced.
“Cancer cells can multiply and spread to surrounding tissues, which is what makes them so harmful,” says Mark A. Meadors, DO, medical oncologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “Often, we will closely monitor a benign tumor to ensure it is not creating a problem.”
Some benign tumors that can cause problems include:
- Uterine fibroids, which can lead to heavy bleeding
- Meningiomas, tumors that develop around the brain, which can cause headaches, personality changes and seizures
- Polyps in the colon, which can become cancerous
If a benign tumor cannot be safely removed, it may be shrunk with radiation therapy.
To learn more about benign tumors, call 573-331-3000 or visit our Cancer Institute webpage.